If you've looked over quite a few of my trip reports, you probably have come to realize that the Owlshead Mountains are my favorite mountain range in Death Valley. There are many reasons that this is the case. To list a few of them-- (1) The isolation and solitude found in the Owlsheads is unparalleled in the park. Despite spending nearly a half of month of time hiking in the Owlsheads throughout my lifetime trips to Death Valley, I've never encountered another hiker. This peaceful solitude is especially evident when you backpack in and camp overnight. (2) The scenery of the Owlsheads is completely different than everything else in the park. Places like the desolate dry lakes Lost and Owl, and the canyons made up of decomposing granite, cannot be found anywhere else in the park, at least not on the same scale. (3) The canyons are fun and interesting. There are wide open spacious canyons and there are narrow canyons. With many of the canyons being officially unnamed, there is a lot to explore and discover. Inside the canyons, there are fun climbs, massive house-sized boulders resting in the wash, and wildlife such as Kit foxes, tarantulas, desert tortoises, and burros. To top everything off, almost all of the Owlshead canyons can be loop hiked, meaning that you get to see two canyons during a hike instead of just one. (4) The Owlsheads are more accessible than most people realize. While most people are scared off because the Owlsheads are so far away from Furnace Creek and Stovepipe Wells, the fact is that you can begin a hike to Talc Canyon without taking your car off of pavement and by only driving one hour south of Furnace Creek. To visit more of the canyons other than Talc, Owlshead, or Slickenside, you will need to drive further south on Harry Wade Road, and the road conditions will vary. But we have never had any problems driving down the Harry Wade Road without 4WD. To further develop interest in and appreciation for the Owlshead Mountains, I am publishing this special report on the canyons located in the eastern part of the range. I'm going to share below with you details about my personal favorite sights in the Owlshead Canyons. At the end of that, you will find three photographs of a Mystery Canyon in the Owlsheads that have not been previously published. As you can see from those final three photographs, there is still more out there to discover and explore. Before sharing with you my Top 12 Owlshead Canyon Highlights, below you will find a topographical map which shows all of the informally and officially named canyons in the Owlshead Mountains (click to enlarge). Only five canyons are officially named-- Talc, Owlshead, Contact, Granite, and Through. The rest of the canyons were assigned informal names based on what is found in them by myself, those in the park service, and other hikers.